Are Americans a Broken People? Here’s Why We’ve Stopped Fighting Back Against the Forces of Oppression

Remember the 2000 U.S. presidential election? That’s the one in which Al Gore received 500,000 more votes than George W. Bush. That’s also the one that the Florida Supreme Court’s order for a recount of the disputed Florida vote was overruled by the U.S …

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George W. Bush Writes of His Mother’s Last Words as She Died Holding Her Husband’s Hand

President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara have multiple legacies, but their granddaughter Ellie LeBlond Sosa reveals in her new book, George and Barbara: A Great American Love Story, that their best legacy of all is their immutable love for one another.

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George W. Bush Yells at George W. Bush During Texas Rangers Mascot Race

Former president and Texas Rangers decision-maker George W. Bush was at last night’s game against the New York Yankees. His nice seats afforded him the opportunity to deliver a real-life Spiderman-pointing-at-Spiderman meme as the mascot version of …

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Grandmothers and equality

Natalie Gonnella-Platts is deputy director of the George W. Bush Institute’s Women’s Initiative. A longer form of this essay originally appeared in The Catalyst: A Journal of Ideas from the Bush Institute. This is distributed by InsideSources.com.

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Grandmothers and gender equality: We stand on the shoulders of giants | Opinion

Natalie Gonnella-Platts is deputy director of the George W. Bush Institute’s Women’s Initiative. A longer form of this essay originally appeared in The Catalyst: A Journal of Ideas from the Bush Institute. This is distributed by InsideSources.com.

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Texas pastor who served as religious adviser to President George W. Bush accused in $1M Chinese bonds scheme

A Texas pastor who served as a religious adviser to President George W. Bush is one of two men accused of bilking investors out of more than $1 million. The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell and financial planner Gregory Alan Smith both used their influence to …

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‘Our souls are settled’: President George W. Bush shares touching tribute after mother’s death

Former President George W. Bush shared a touching tribute to his mother after she passed away. Barbara Bush, 92, the matriarch of a Republican political dynasty and a first lady who elevated the cause of literacy, died on Tuesday. The post, which was …

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Houstonians honor former president George W. Bush with LBJ award

Holocaust Museum Houston celebrated its 23rd Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award Dinner by honoring former president George W. Bush. One of Houston’s largest philanthropic events boasting 1,150 guests at Hilton Americas-Houston, the annual dinner …

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Why gays are gay: We’re changing our minds

In reality, of course, it shouldn’t matter what other people think. But as a measure of social change, the Gallup organization has once again uncovered another shift in Americans’ thinking. It’s intriguing despite that unbelievably boring sociology professor I had quite a few years ago.

Back in 1977 when Gallup first asked why people thought gays were gay and lesbians were lesbians — otherwise known as “nature vs nurture” — a substantial majority of Americans knew it was their upbringing and environment. Back then, 56 percent said that and only 13 percent said it was a birth trait.

That thinking didn’t change much until the last decade of the 20th century. But by the middle of Bill Clinton’s two terms, Gallup was detecting a dramatic shift. In 1996, the birth belief had jumped to 31 percent and by George W. Bush’s inauguration in 2001 it had climbed to 40 percent.

Now, according to Gallup’s latest pulse-taking, fully half of Americans have bought into the birth belief, while the environment crowd has dwindled to 30 percent. Ten percent attribute both causes while six percent just don’t know.

The growth in the birth believers has come across all political and demographic groups. But over time it is most pronounced among college graduates, younger people (18 to 34), Democrats, other left-leaners and non-churchgoers. It’s also moving among conservatives, Republicans and churchgoers, but less so.

The shifts parallel a similar social movement regarding same-sex marriage. Today, a new high — more than two-thirds (67 percent) — favor same-sex marriages being legal, which is helpful if immaterial because the Supreme Court has already ruled that.

Gallup also recently found the percentage of Americans identifying as bisexual, gay, lesbian or transgender has increased to 4.5 percent, a one point jump since 2012. Of course, that could also represent simply more feeling comfortable publicly acknowledging their orientation rather han an actual increase.

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